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Directors Label Series DVD: next candidates?

who's classy enough you'd nominate them for the next volumes?

just to get the ball rolling:

  • Floria Sigismondi
  • Zbigniew Rybczynski
  • Dayton&Faris
  • Hammer&Tongs

hakai, January 5, 2006 at 3:15:16 AM CET

Floria totally...

captainmarc22, January 5, 2006 at 4:15:49 AM CET

Zbigniew Brzezinski, definitely.

langdonallger, January 5, 2006 at 6:33:18 AM CET

The last two definitely, and maybe shynola. I'm sort of weary of them continuing this series as much as I enjoyed the first set. I was really dissapointed with corbijn and sednaoui's DVDs. Aside from their videos basically just being "different," I didn't really see anything special about most of them.

Floria will probably get one eventually despite all of her videos kind of sucking. I think Mike Mills will get one too probably.

otaku-house, January 5, 2006 at 7:49:37 AM CET

Shynola. Shynola. Shynola with granola. Shynola with milk. Shynola with honey on top.

Mike Mills, too.

pasquerel, January 5, 2006 at 9:42:31 AM CET

Shynola, OK Floria, OK but please...


pasquerel, January 5, 2006 at 9:44:53 AM CET

...and Jonas Åkerlund with the uncensored versions. But just strictly after Matt's DVD.

progosk, January 5, 2006 at 10:19:00 AM CET

erm... mahurin? nary a link on th'antville. how is't so?

pasquerel, January 5, 2006 at 11:02:12 AM CET

He's probably the most underrated of the classic great directors' (Corbijn, Gondry, Romanek, etc.) generation. I spent years to get his work collected somehow (got 30 vids already but there's still more to get), maybe I should post some links to the very few clips from him available online.

kevathens, January 5, 2006 at 2:21:06 PM CET

If the 80's are still worth anything: Rybczynski and Godley & Creme (including Godley's solo work afterwards)

Frankly Jay-Z and Missy Elliott need to put out DVD collections.

I hope the DLabel doesn't run out of steam. Even if other people lose interest, I'd love to collect videos from many more directors, including the R&B/hip hop folk Richard Brown talked about.

Sophie Muller deserves one, damnit.

jeanpoole, January 5, 2006 at 2:27:37 PM CET

Run Wrake - - his diverse & crazy animations make most directors look like quaint victorian tennis court decorators...

kevathens, January 5, 2006 at 2:29:48 PM CET

I second that emotion.

frunch, January 5, 2006 at 7:41:30 PM CET

i think what everyone really wants is the michel gondry volume 2 one.

also mike mills and shynola would be good.

captainmarc22, January 5, 2006 at 8:04:18 PM CET

I bet a lot will depend how this most recent lot sells. If the Sednaoui & Corbijn are flops, hopefully we can avoid some of those truly mediocre directors who made maybe a handful of good videos among scores of generic ones.

I'm actually thinking the Romanek is the only solid DVD from this batch - Glazer's was cool but way too slim.

boads article on the next group.

I always vote in favor of the Gondry/Jonze realm: quirky/funny videos for "alternative" bands - like Mike Mills, Shynola, Hammer & Tongs, Roman Coppola. The only one I don't want to see is Jean-Baptiste Mondino - he's definitely in the Sednaoui camp.

Perhaps a compilation w/ 3 lesser-known, less-productive directors who have maybe a solid 8 videos? Thinking Jamie Thraves, Evan Bernhard....

mvstills, January 5, 2006 at 8:32:20 PM CET

I vote W.I.Z. and Dom&Nic. Their work always amazes me.

progosk, January 5, 2006 at 10:46:40 PM CET

i'd second thraves, WIZ and shynola... and perhaps åkerlund.

why's there not a single evan bernhard or mike mills to be found on antville?

stripedcollar, January 6, 2006 at 12:27:01 AM CET

According to RES magazine, a Hammer and Tongs volume is slated to come out eventually. Floria Sigismondi is also long overdue, and I think Dougal Wilson definitely merits a volume far more than many in the second batch, once he makes a few more videos.

captainmarc22, January 6, 2006 at 12:52:20 AM CET

Does Palms have a monopoly on this? It's a pretty simple business model - licensing and royalties to the labels; design (and authoring?) and additional material by the director. I imagine someone like Akerland would rather put out something now on a different label rather than hold out for a Palms release.

Then again, maybe the brand is established, and a new label would have a hard time reaching consumers - the same way Criterion is in a league of its own.

Then again - a lot of people bought the first series because they were attracted to the musicians and the videos they remembered; without knowing the directors' names.

kevathens, January 6, 2006 at 1:54:18 AM CET

Very true. The current Amazon sales rank for the series stands today: Michel, Chris, Spike, Mark, Anton, Jonathan, Stéphane. N.B. Spike's gone platinum anyway

From my experience keeping tabs on the DLabel I get a good feeling that Anton's is selling better than we would expect because it's got some big names on there: U2, Metallica, Depeche Mode, Echo, Nirvana. Same with Mark, he's all about the big names. Stéphane has the least-worthy tracklisting amongst them all.

Meanwhile, Tongs is an easy fit cuz they had a major motion picture. Mills and Coppola are in featureland now too. While I like Mondino, and would like a DVD of his, I'm not sure if that's entirely feasible. Heaven help us if someone pulls a Sednaoui again. I'm so angry at him for culling so few from his catalogue. Jesus, he could have at least put Beck on there.

I would put money on an Åkerlund DVD next round. He's had both a feature and strong names (and videos!) in his catalogue.

casspix, January 6, 2006 at 6:42:59 AM CET

mahurin is a genius

ideniti, January 6, 2006 at 12:09:46 PM CET

RES mentioned that Hammer & Tongs are getting the treatment and both Variety and Mike Mills confirmed he's getting a disc. I heard/read somewhere but can't confirm that Shynola will be in the next set too. I think those three would make a real strong showing.

BUT I think someone who really, definitely deserves a disc is: DAVID FINCHER... Sadly producer Richard Brown has said that he was already approached and declined. Maybe if there's enough noise out there and the demand is high, Fincher would reconsider....?


onesmallkreeger, January 6, 2006 at 2:54:36 PM CET

Tim Pope. Without a doubt one of the most influential directors ever. Forget the Cure (just for a minute)... his videos for The The, David Bowie, Talk Talk, Marc Almond, Vegas, Neil Young and countless others were so consistently ground-breaking, it's impossible not to count him as one of the foremost creative influences in music video (which has spanned from the dawn of video up to the present). He always seemed to have loads of fun. He was controversial, inventive, insane and energetic. His sense of humour always found it's way to the surface and he made artists have fun with their images. His relationship with the artists was unbeatable and his tally for repeat business must be a record. Over thirty videos for the cure, 20 odd for The The, 6 or so for Neil Young, etc. etc. He's a really great and inspiring person as well- which is nice.

kevathens, January 6, 2006 at 3:35:27 PM CET

I don't doubt it. Have you worked with him?

vidbiz, January 6, 2006 at 4:23:35 PM CET

Thats quite a recommendation for Tim Pope. I knew him (in a band with Tim and a guy called Charlie Gray) before all that video stuff and recall him to be one of the most crazy, imaginative and inspiring people. A lovely bloke! A great example of somebody who thinks outside of the box.

wreckingshop, January 6, 2006 at 7:19:16 PM CET

Hammer and Tongs would be too sweet. I was really disappointed with the last round from the Director's Label (as anyone can read about here:

kevathens, January 6, 2006 at 7:36:22 PM CET

So what's with this disappointment thing? Romanek and Glazer were vital, for me. They're more into the literal definition of 'music video' in its visual and impactive forms. Corbijn and Sednaoui are more photographic.

It makes me wonder what people here feel about Matt Mahurin (indeed), Herb Ritts, Mondino, David LaChapelle; even Bayer and Kerslake (early 90's). Even Little X, Hype Williams, Matthew Rolston, Chris Robinson. These people are more photographic, does that make their videos any worse, or any less influential?

[not to pick on you wreckingshop, many ppl share your feelings]

captainmarc22, January 6, 2006 at 8:32:57 PM CET

the photographic guys haven't aged well because their stuff is so based on the current "look" - whereas a raw Jonze video will never go out of style becuase it was never cashing in on a current style.

Romanek had a great disc, and Glazers was at least as good as Cunninghams - 3 or 4 great videos, and then another 5 pretty good videos. Glazer also had the best (and certainly most) commercials on his DVD.

thejako, January 7, 2006 at 3:07:28 AM CET

with all the respect and admiration to all the cool guys out there, I still don't understand why we still don't bring a huge respect to this dude

Zbig Rybczynski

progosk, January 7, 2006 at 10:50:47 AM CET

a double dvd of zbig's work was recently published here. other versions available from his site.

forcor, January 8, 2006 at 1:07:15 AM CET

Alas, Zbig's compilations don't include any of his great music videos. I actualy wrote Zbig's people a couple years ago about that and they said they had no plans to release the videos. So yeah, definitely.

Along with all the above-mentioned names, for retro appeal I think it would be fun to have a Russell Mulcahy one. How else will I be able to watch all those old Ultravox videos again?

Also, I'm very surprised nobody has mentioned TRAKTOR yet - though I've heard they have a DVD of their own stuff out. True?

captainmarc22, January 8, 2006 at 1:19:30 AM CET

Traktor have only 6 music videos (though probably 200+ commercials).

Their first 3 videos are excellent, though.

They would be perfect if Directors Label was commercial geared but think that would be really tough to market outside of industry peeps.

lusk81, January 8, 2006 at 3:21:28 AM CET

Zbig Rybczynski. Anyone have links to his video work? Any online samples I do not have to purchase?

kevathens, January 11, 2006 at 2:09:17 AM CET

Correction - just rewatched Anton's DVD and I disagree with what I previously said. Anton and Stéphane are just as vital as the other DLabel folks for me. It's about watching the work of an artist, really. Anton is a very good storyteller, visually and structurally. He explores what it means to be human: good/evil, male/female, has a great sense of humor, and photographs really well.

Stéphane is also a wonderful artist, even though his DVD short-changes him (without him knowing it). Had the DVD included Beck, Ben Lee, Fiona Apple, Q-Tip(!! A rare look for a hip-hop video!), MC Solaar, the Smashing Pumpkins, Madonna, PM Dawn, I think it would be easy for people to see his full artistry. His DVD is the most disappointing thing about the series for me.

moonman, December 14, 2006 at 11:04:20 PM CET

jonathan dayton & valerie faris floria sigismondi hype williams hammer & tongs


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